The Modern Spelling Book: Designed as a Guide in the Study of the Orthography, Pronunciation, and Meaning of Common English Words

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Butler, Sheldon & Company, 1897 - English language - 160 pages
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Page 102 - A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser to-day than he was yesterday.
Page 117 - Winkle as years of matrimony rolled on; a tart temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use.
Page 87 - Words of one syllable, and words of more than one syllable with the accent on the last syllable, ending in a single consonant preceded by a single vowel, double the final consonant before a suffix beginning with a vowel...
Page 5 - A syllable is either a word or part of a word spoken with one effort of the voice. A monosyllable is a word of one syllable. A dissyllable is a word of two syllables. A trisyllable is a word of three syllables. A polysyllable is a word of four or more syllables.
Page 96 - The tear, down Childhood's cheek that flows, Is like the dew-drop on the rose ; When next the summer breeze comes by, And waves the bush, the flower is dry.
Page 102 - Habit is a cable; we weave a thread of it each day, and it becomes so strong that we cannot break it.
Page 96 - ... truth is as impossible to be soiled by any outward touch as the sunbeam ; though this ill hap wait on her nativity, that she never comes into the world, but like a bastard, to the ignominy of him that brought her forth...
Page 123 - If exercise throws off all superfluities, temperance prevents them ; if exercise clears the vessels, temperance neither satiates...
Page 96 - If he chance to die young, yet he lives long that lives well ; and time misspent is not lived but lost. Besides, God is better than his promise, if he takes from him a long lease, and gives him a freehold of...
Page 5 - A Primitive word is one that is not derived from any other word in the language ; as, boy, just, father.

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